Every year more action movies premiere and shock everyone with the complicated fight sequences and special effects. Technology has evolved to the point where everything is possible. A green screen makes miracles and some movies even abuse this resources. In the future, even the actor will be replaced by animatronics.
Before this advances in technology, filmmakers created incredible pieces that forever changed the course of history. Action movies from the 20th century had some great one liners and are now a mandatory reference.
Léon: The Professional (1994)
Introducing Natalie Portman on the role that started his career. Léon: The Professional is French movie that follows Leone Montana a hitman that reluctantly takes in a young orphan named Mathilda. This movie is a classic and favorite for the action movies fans.
After her family is murdered by a corrupt DEA agent, Mathilda moves in with the Leone. Soon they find themselves learning how such different creatures can live together. Mathilda eventually becomes his protégé and Leone teaches her all he knows.
The Matrix (1999)
Written and directed by the Wachowski siblings, The Matrix is the first movie of this award winning saga. Neo is a young programmer that lives in a dystopian future, he discovers that machines are altering reality and using humans as energy sources. Horrified by the truth, Neo joins the rebellion that is trying to take down the machines.
These movies changed cinematography by introducing new techniques. The Wachowski siblings wrote a masterpiece that included religious and philosophical references. The action scenes were stongly based on Japanese animations also known as anime. The Wachowski turned their $63 million budget into a box office of $463 million.
Starring Sigourney Weaver and directed by James Cameron, Aliens is the second movie in the franchise. It belongs to the science-fiction action genre and it follows Ellen Ripley in her travel back to the moon where they first found the aliens. She is not alone, with a team of space marines as backup Ellen must prove that aliens are real and the reason her crew is dead.
The studio under a new management gave the project to James Cameron. The director that previously worked on the two terminators film, wrote the new script and 20th Century Fox gave him $18 million to execute his vision. The movie made $180 million across the world and was nominated for Academy Awards.
Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope (1977)
The movie that started it all. A New Hope is the first movie in the Star Wars saga written and directed by George Lucas. Introducing three relatively inexperienced actors Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford. The movie stars when young Luke Skywalker fins two droids. What he doesn’t know is that those droids have the plans to destroy the Death Star and take down the Empire.
With a little help from Obi-Wan Kenobi, a retired Jedi Master, Luke must return the plans, rescue Leia from prison and save the galaxy. Along the way they meet Han Solo a selfish smuggler that ends up becoming a hero.
Star Wars earned $775 million worldwide and became the highest-grossing film of all time surpassing Jaws. Up until March 2018, Star Wars had 8 movies divided in 3 trilogies and two stand alone films.
The Terminator (1984)
Directed by James Cameron, The Terminator is science-fiction action movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. In a future where the cyborgs control the world, a young man becomes the savior and defeats the machines. To prevent this, an assassin travels to past to kill Sarah Connor, the mother of the future hero.
One of the first Cameron movies, The Terminator earned $78 million worldwide and had multiple sequels. It solidified Cameron as a director and Schwarzenegger as an actor.